ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Declutter The House

Updated on April 18, 2013

My Own Personal Decluttering Tips or How To Save Time and Sanity in the Midst of Chaos:

I was reading an article on how to quickly declutter and it actually had some good advice, but it was all pretty much common sense. Common sense doesn't always seem to apply around here, so I decided to write some tips of my own.

1. Turn off Facebook. Turn off Pinterest. Turn off all blogs, e-mail accounts, and coupon sites. As a matter of fact, you should probably just turn the computer off all together. And maybe unplug it.

2. If, like me, you are the one in charge of cleaning and organizing the entire house despite of the mountain of other things you already have to do, then you get to decide what categories to divide things into. My favorites are: Stuff I Refuse to Give Up, Stuff I Need, Crap I Want Them to Have, and Crap I Have to Move Out of the House Slowly So That They Won't Realize It's Gone.

3. Pick all of your husband's ball caps up and throw them into the bottom of the closet or on top of the TV. It does not matter how many times you put them on the shelf or into baskets, he will move them, so just go ahead and dump them in the floor.* And throw all his shoes on top...he doesn't like it when you pair them up.

4. Do not put your husband’s t-shirts and shorts neatly into the armoire. Don't hang anything up. Also, don't color code them. He has an easier time finding things if you just leave them inside out and wad them up on the shelves. Or just leave them lying in a chair.

5. Just throw pots, pans, lids, containers, cups, etc., into the cabinet. It's not a happy home if everything doesn't fall out on top of you when you open the doors. This also applies to the refrigerator. Nothing says "good morning" quite like a cup of pop or juice falling on your feet.

6. When you get your kids clothes out of the dryer (especially if they are older), make sure to wad them up in balls and throw them in their bedroom floors. That's how they are going to end up anyway--no sense in creating extra work.

7. Have a spare room (or two or three) with doors that you can close. Just throw everything in there.

8. If you are short, it is better to have a large mountain of laundry in the floor. This makes it easier to reach into the washing machine.

9. Have everyone leave their shoes by the front door. Inside or out...doesn't matter as long as there is a pile big enough to trip over or keep the door from opening.

10. Invest heavily in plastic boxes and just randomly throw stuff in. Sometimes it's like Christmas when you open one and find things you don't remember having!!!!!!

Remember: If anything in your house is broken, don't fix it. Leave the ripped wallpaper, the unfilled holes and gouges, the falling in ceiling, anything that's rusted, mildewed, stained, unpainted, torn, cracked, or smelly. If your family isn't ashamed and embarrassed by your home, don't get upset. Just don't invite anyone over.

*Disclaimer: These hats do not include the kinds of hats he wears in the winter or his campaign hats for work. And these hats weren't actually on the floor of the bedroom as depicted in this image. They were on the floor of the closet. Well actually, the ones that aren't on random pieces of furniture, in the Hubby's car, or with him (he's on a trip, I guarantee a minimum of three went with him), were on the floor of the closet. But it's dark in there and the pictures don't turn out well. Not that I take pictures in the closet on a regular basis. Because that would be weird. Anyway, I took them out of the closet and dumped them onto the bedroom floor. I sorted them out after I took that picture. I might have considered throwing some of the gross, smelly ones out too...but he would know.

Just a few of the hats...
Just a few of the hats... | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)